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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Ancestral Whispers by Jo A. Hiestand - Book Tour - Exclusive Excerpt - Book Trailer - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hello, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Jo A. Hiestand and her new book, “Ancestral Whispers”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $30 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Jo and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

Ancestral Whispers
by Jo A. Hiestand


GENRE: Mystery (British)



Each year the residents of Nether Haddon celebrate the village’s founding in the time-honored way with games, music, and performances by their sword dancers. But something new is added to the fancy footwork this year: a team member dies ... murdered. Fear, jealousy and suspicion quickly engulf the group, emotions as tightly interlocked as the five swords used in the dance: a series of turns, jumps and clogging steps intricate as Celtic knots. Was the victim the intended target, or should it have been someone else? In the course of the CID investigation, a mysterious 17th century puzzle is discovered. Does it hold a clue to the murder? Detective Brenna Taylor and her colleagues have more than enough to worry about. But unbeknownst to her, career criminal King Roper has escaped from prison where he was serving time for murder. Now free and eager to settle the score for his capture, Roper tracks down Brenna’s whereabouts, ready for revenge...



Mark pulled slightly on the body of his pale yellow shirt, peeling it away from his sweaty body. He held it like that, probably hoping some air would dry him off. “If anything had happened or might happen to Sam, Graham’d let you know. Scott would too. Now, don’t worry about nothing. My gran used to say that there was enough to occupy our emotions without seeing the Gean-canach everywhere.”


“The Irish faery. He personifies love and idleness.”

“Strange combination.”

“Must be something to it, if he’s the bloke to do it, Bren.”

“So, what’s wrong with seeing this faery?”

Mark smiled and patted my hand. “My dear, innocent girl. It is very unlucky to meet him.  We’re here, I think.”

Jack Darkgate’s house appeared liked a magician’s rabbit, popping out from behind a dense cluster of hemlock and fir as we rounded the bend in the road.  Two-storied, bulky and gabled, the house might’ve stood guard for the others on the road, or lodged any number of Mark’s faeries.

“What do you think?” We paused at the foot of his drive. It curved up the slope on which his house sat, with massive clusters of hostas, iris, and rhododendron nearly camouflaging its path. Mulched beds of enthusiastic roses hugged the house foundation, giving the appearance of Sleeping Beauty’s fortress.

“I think he needs to lay off the bone meal.” Mark shook his leg to dislodge an iris stem. “And us without our machete.”

“Think we can find the door?”

“We’ll requisition a sniffer dog.”





A month-long trip to England during her college years introduced Jo to the joys of Things British.  Since then, she has been lured back nearly a dozen times and lived there during her professional folksinging stint.

Jo’s insistence for accuracy--from police methods and location layout to the general “feel” of the area--has driven her innumerable times to Derbyshire for research.  These explorations and conferences with police friends provide the details filling both her Peak District mysteries and the McLaren mystery series.

In 1999 Jo returned to Webster University to major in English.  She graduated in 2001 with a BA degree and departmental honors.

Her McLaren mystery, BLACK MOON, received the ‘N.N. Light Best Mystery Book’ award for 2019.

Jo lives with her cat, Tennyson, and way too many kilts in the St. Louis-area.











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  1. Jo ~ Good morning! Welcome back! It is so great to have you here again! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! :)

  2. Hi, Ally! Thank you for hosting this leg of the tour. I really appreciate it!

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    1. Victoria, good morning! Thanks for logging on today. Glad you like the giveaway -- good luck with that!

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    1. Hi, Rita. I appreciate the comment and good luck with the drawing!

  5. Who was your favorite character to write for?

    1. In this book, I'd choose Mark Salt. He's done a real about face as a person and I like how he and the story ended up.

  6. Thank you so much for taking time to bring to our attention another great read.   I appreciate it and thank you also for the giveaway. 

    1. That's all right, James. Glad you stopped by.

  7. How do you celebrate a book release?

    1. I exhale slowly, pour myself a root beer or brew a cup of hot tea, and email a friend to tell her the good news. Not what you expected, probably, but I'm a low-key person! ;-)

  8. Thank you, Ally, for giving me and my book a post on your blog today. Good to connect with you again!

  9. I'll say good night now. I thank everyone for logging onto Ally's blog spot today and leaving a comment. I appreciate it.